Transit Police are investigating a second sexual assault incident on SkyTrain’s Canada Line.
The alleged incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. on Friday morning, just a day after the first incident occurred.
A woman says a man groped her buttocks and touched her thigh while she was traveling between Bridgeport and Broadway-City Hall stations. She reported the incident to police only after hearing about a similar incident on the train the day before.
Both incidents occurred in the morning, about 24 hours apart, and originated from Richmond. The nature of the assaults were also nearly identical.
On Thursday at approximately 8:20 a.m., a woman was also groped from behind in the same manner while traveling inbound on the Canada Line from Richmond. An eyewitness took a photo and reported the incident to police at Bridgeport Station, where the suspect also disembarked. However, the victim remained on the train.
Police have made a plea for the victim to come forward so that an investigation can proceed and charges can be recommended. The identity of the suspect in the first case is already known; at the Bridgeport bus loop, police asked him to step out of a bus line and provide identification.
While the victim has yet to file a complaint, UBC student Kathy Yu has identified herself as the eyewitness in the incident. She was the individual who made the anonymous submission to the UBC Confessions Facebook page.
“Please don’t ignore the issue, we should not condone his actions,” writes Yu. “I know you were scared to speak up, I hope you’re okay.”
Police are investigating whether this week’s incidents on SkyTrain are connected to a sexual assault two weeks ago near a park at UBC’s Wesbrook neighbourhood.
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